VPN (Virtual Private Network service)
VPNs provide a proxy server to users wishing to obfuscate their location or IP address to bypass censorship, geoblocking, or hide from potential attackers.
Users also often wish to protect and encrypt their communications against profiling or MITM attacks.
While VPN providers market their services as privacy-enhancing, citing security features, users must be aware that the transmitted content is not encrypted before entering the VPN’s proxy.
Content is again visible at the exit point, meaning the VPN has oversight at both ends of the path.Back to Glossary